Filmform (est. 1950) is dedicated to preservation, promotion and worldwide distribution of experimental film and video art. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers, available to rent for public screenings and exhibitions as well as for educational purposes.
The film is a tribute to the Woman’s Building at 1727 North Spring Street in Los Angeles, its founders and historical place and is made to inspire and as a reminder of the importance of an ongoing activism of the feminist movement. This space, the Woman’s Building, opened in November 1973.
The Woman’s Building took its name and inspiration from a structure built by Sophia Hayden for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago to house exhibitions of cultural works by women from around the world. The artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the first independent school for women artists, the Feminist Studio Workshop that was situated in the the building. Filmed at the location 1727 North Spring Street, L A, with super 8 black & white & colour. Voice: Leslie Robertson Sound: Linus Winstam aka Dj Bruce Leenus
Maria Magnusson is a Gothenburg (Sweden) based artist/experimental filmmaker whose work explores the relation between sound and the moving picture in experimental videos and short film. Magnusson completed a Master’s degree in Photography and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Theory at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She works with found footage, archival material, and combines analogue and digital filmic methods, examine subjects like memory, dreams, the unconscious, identity and subcultures.
Maria’s experimental films have screened at festivals, galleries and micro-cinemas including International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, LA FilmForum, Echo Park Film Center,The Alchemy Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, the Images Festival, Experiment in Cinema. She has recently done a Super 8 film commissioned by EPFC – ”Patterns of Light and Shadows” screened at Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market at Blum & Poe Gallery, Group Show – Echo Park Film Center Extravaganza.